Ken Truscott, born October 3, 1943 in Vancouver, passed away peacefully at the Carleton Place Hospital on April 11, 2022 surrounded by his family. Loving husband of 56 years to Lenora (Massey). Father of David (Lorrie) and Dwayne (Ingrid). Grandfather to Austin and Jordan. Brother to Steve (Marlene), Bill (Carol), and Barb. Moving with his family to various Ontario towns, eventually settling in Carleton Place and Ashton, Ken started with the City of Kanata Fire Service in 1982. He enjoyed meeting with friends and family regularly and was a life-long Union supporter eventually becoming a Union President. Retiring as Fire Captain from the City of Ottawa Fire Service in 2003, Ken continued to keep busy with camping trips. He will be sadly missed by his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. There will be a private family service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation towards cancer research or the Carleton Place Hospital.

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Updated: Apr 26

Watch Video - Playing With Fire: A Blacksmith’s Story

By: Joel Haslam

CTV News Ottawa Multi-Skilled Journalist

Published March 25, 2022 6:49 p.m. EDT

Retired Ottawa firefighter Mark Tedeschini now works as a Blacksmith at his studio 1215 Metalworks in Kemptville. He watches a piece of steel heat up in his propane forge. (Joel Haslam/CTV News Ottawa)


Mark Tedeschini is a retired Ottawa firefighter who is fanning the flames of creativity.

"A couple of years before I retired, I found this place and I really fell in love with it, especially the barn," said the 60-year-old.

"And I’ve been banging on the anvil for the better part of ten years now, or more."

He was on the job with the Ottawa Fire Service for 30 years. He called it his dream career.

"It’s all I ever really wanted to do since I was six-years-old. My neighbours were firemen. I loved firetrucks, the coats, I was in love with it. And as soon as I got out of high school, I applied."

“Now, I’m playing with fire, instead of putting it out,” he laughed.

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Updated: Apr 26

Firefighters are facing exceedingly high levels of occupational cancers.

In January this year, the Montreal Firefighters Association released a call to expand the list of cancers that are recognized as occupational diseases for firefighters – a move that firefighters’ associations around Canada are in total support of.

According to a study conducted by the University of Fraser Valley in B.C., 86 per cent of firefighter line of duty deaths in Canada are attributable to cancer. Firefighters, by virtue of the job that they do, are typically in excellent physical condition. “However, when it comes to cancers, [firefighters] far exceed the general public,” says Neil McMillan.

McMillan is an elected executive member with IAFF Local 162 in Ottawa. He is chair of the WSIB committee for the local association, which covers around 1,000 unionized firefighters in Ottawa. Read more.